Dagashi Kashi

In order to watch the second season this winter, I finally finished the first. As always this is a review with SPOILERS, so mainly for anime enthusiasts, who have seen the anime.

Dagashi Kashi is an anime that introduces several traditional commercial candy every episode. In addition to that there is an underlying story – the main hero, a completely average Japanese teenager and an aspiring 漫画家 [まんがか, mangaka, manga artist], refuses to take over the small-time candy store and the main heroine, who’s highly knowledgeable about sweets, arrives to convince him to choose candy over manga. The anime doesn’t develop this predicament much. Candy is definitely center stage.

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Ketsuekigata-kun (A Simple Thinking About Blood Type in English) is an anime about four friends, each of whom is a different blood type. So there is Type A, Type B, Type AB and Type O. Or A型さん, B型さん, AB型さん and O型さん.

New Year’s shrine visit — the boys

Then, in the second season if I recall correctly, their four female counterparts were added. Or A型ちゃん, B型ちゃん, AB型ちゃん and O型ちゃん.

Valentine’s Day planning — the girls

The idea behind the anime comes from the common belief (common in Japan and Korea, at least) that a person’s personality, temperament, and compatibility with others is given by their blood type. Which is why Japanese and Korean celebrities’, seiyuu’s or characters’ biographical sketches usually include information about their blood type. In effect, this series’ characters act according to their blood types and it creates a pretty good dynamic. (If you’re interested, Korean Wiki Project has a nice chart with the types’ personalities, temperaments and compatibilities.)

The anime itself originates from a Korean yonkoma (I swear I will write that yonkoma article.) by art teacher Park Dong-sun. Every episode follows one skit, so circa one yonkoma. The episodes are only two minutes long (including the ending), so the four seasons now available will only take 96 minutes to watch.

My opinion? I suppose the anime is a pretty nice way to fill your three-episodes-per-day quota…to be serious, I would probably relate to it better if I were Korean or Japanese. Without the background it’s just a group of friends acting differently in different situations. When the lights go out, at a mixer, among their own blood types (close families for example), et cetera.

I’m type B by the way.
Let me know what blood type you are and if you have watched this, please.

First Impressions: Tsuki ga Kirei

Long story short: Tsuki ga Kirei is a love story between a girl in track and field and a boy writing a novel. (As always I’m writing this after three episodes, so there will be spoilers for those. I’ve started adding mouse-over translations for Japanese kana/kanji, so check those out as well.)

The girl’s name is Mizuno Akane (Akanecchi to her friends) and the boy is called Azumi Kotarou (Kota to his). They’re in middle school, in their third and final year. They are placed in the same class for the first time and have never talked to each other. Until they meet at a restaurant, when celebrating the beginning of the school year with their families. はずかしい!

Back at school, the sports festival is coming up. The two leads are in charge of the equipment along with a large part of the track and field club. Kotarou, being a library assistant, is an outsider, while Akane has friends all around her. But they exchange LINE IDs.

The second episode is all about the sports festival. While Akane is training for that and a race that’s soon after, Kotarou submits two stories to competitions. During the festival, Hira Takumi is brought to our attention as Akane’s potential suitor. I don’t think Akane gets it, though. (Her girlfriends support him from the shadows though.)

The third episode starts with midterms. After that, it’s time for Akane’s race and soon after the school trip. Their schoolmates are hooking up left and right. On the day of the race Kotarou is at the shrine, “community stuff” he says. He’s hypnotizing his LINE. Akane sets a personal best! And her battery dies. The third episode ends with a cliffhanger of sorts. きになります!
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